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If you're a father in a custody battle, please read this

The age old question “why to women win most custody battles” has vexed fathers for decades. The age old answer to that question has likely been “because that’s how it’s always been.” Traditionally, men have gone to work to make a living and provide for the home, where women commonly stayed to raise the children and keep the home.

In the decades since the “Leave it to Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriet” television shows depicted common American families, traditional gender roles have changed dramatically. However, the bias (and subsequent advantage) that women have in family court has not changed significantly. Despite this, it is possible for men to win custody rights if they follow some helpful tips.

Get a favorable temporary order – It is no secret that the custody process can take a great deal of time. Before a final order is issued, there must be a temporary order to maintain the status quo. A temporary order, in some cases, can be just as important as the final order because a court is likely to follow what the temporary order calls for in order to avoid any unnecessary upheaval.

Don’t sabotage the child’s relationship with the other parent – If there is one thing that will set a judge’s hair on fire is a parent who denies access to the child or a parent who bad-mouths the other parent in front of the child. Family court judges have a vested interest in maintaining the child’s relationship with both parents, and they do not like it when the child’s relationship with a parent is compromised.

For additional tips on how to fare well in custody battles, please feel free to contact us. 

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